Seahawks MMQB: QB battle, & monumental memories as Hawks win 24-23

One is “too short”, one came up short

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Just as the Grinch’s heart grew “three sizes that day!”, Russell Wilson must have grown three inches in his play.

16/27 for 293-yards, 3 touchdown and no interceptions.  Plus, 5 rushes for 17-yards.  It all adds up to a 133.7 Rating and a QBR of 91.4.

You may already know, but in case you don’t, QBR is a rating system that is scored from 0-100, based on how the quarterback’s play increased his teams chances of winning.  

The last time a Seattle Seahawks quarterback had that much of an impact in a game was week three of the 2008 season.

I cannot remember the last time I watched a game and thought: “Wow, that Seahawks quarterback just won the game for us.”  On Sunday, Russell Wilson did just that.

On His Back!

He put the offense on his back in a game where star running back Marshawn Lynch ran for just 41 yards. Down by 13 points in the fourth quarter, Russell lead the Seahawks to 2 touchdown drives.

One was a touchdown pass to Braylon Edwards, and the other was a pass to Sidney Rice.

Wilson’s other touchdown was a great pass, followed by a great catch by Doug Baldwin, who had 2 receptions for 74 yards on that scoring drive.

Doug Baldwin

Welcome back Doug! Baldwin, had 2 receptions for 74 yards and a HUGE TD!

The New England Patriots got the ball back with 1:14 to go in the 4th quarter.  They had already squandered all of their time outs.  Tom Brady threw a pass out of bounds, got sacked by Jason Jones,  and skipped a pass to Aaron Hernandez which brought up a 4th down withe 17-yards to go from their own 13 yard line.

After a quick pass to Wes Welker, Bobby Wagner drilled Welker at the 29 yard-line, 2 yards short of the first down.

Bring on the Victory Formation!

Of course, the Patriots had several chances to put the Seahawks away long before that final drive.

At the end of the first half, Russell Wilson fumbled the ball near mid-field and the Patriots recovered it.  With 1 second left in the half, Tom Brady threw the ball out of the back of the end zone.

Unfortunately for him, there were no receivers in the area, and after a 10 second run off of the clock, the half ended.  3 points left off the board.

In the 3rd quarter the Patriots were up by 10 points, I knew if they scored another touchdown this game was over.

Apparently, at some point before the third quarter, Tom Brady had told Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas to “Find him after the game”.  That was stupid, they may be young but they are extremely talented, and extremely mature.

Both players intercepted 3rd quarter Brady passes, including Earl’s interception in the Patriots end zone.  Earl should not have tried to return that one, but I will forgive him this time.

Two opportunities to put the Seahawks away and Brady came up short both times.

Tom’s pretty good still

It wasn’t all bad from Tom Brady on Sunday.  He threw for 395-yards and 2 touchdowns.  In all honesty, I was exited to get a chance to watch one of the best players in the game live for the first time.

What I learned from watching him in person; Thomas Edward Patrick Brady, Jr., is a surgeon, a big baby surgeon.

We have all heard about the diva receivers, heck we had one of the biggest in training camp this year, however, I had never heard of a diva quarterback.

Brady complains and whines to the officials about everything.  The worst part is that they actually listen to him.  Do you remember when Michael Jordan was playing in the NBA?

If a defender even came near him the opposing player would be called for a foul.  The officials are like that with Tom Brady.

12th Man issues?

As well as we did down the stretch, I do have a bit of a bone to pick with my fellow fans, before I give us credit.  Maybe it is just me, but I felt like we were flat today.

The effort was there early in the game, but the execution was lacking.  

It was loud, but not to the level that I call “blinding noise.”  If you don’t know what I mean by “blinding noise,” it is when the stadium is so loud it overwhelms your senses to the point where all you hear is noise.

You can’t make out a single sound.

Heading into the game I expected us to be at that level from the raising of the 12th man flag.  Perhaps the cold weather, and messed up parking situation in SODO slowed down the pre-funk at tailgate parties?

Then came the second and third quarter, it seemed like the Seahawks defense was on the field the entire time.  Personally, I felt the energy get sucked right out of me.  My voice was shot before half-time, I had a splitting headache and I was pouring sweat.

Shortly before the half, a guy walked by me selling lemonade and I bought one.  Before I could drink it the half-time celebration began.

As soon as the half was over I hit that lemonade harder than a junky hits a crack pipe.

Cortez Kennedy

Cortez “Tez” Kennedy finally had his number, #96, retired (Photo Seattle PI)

Even after drinking the lemonade, I just didn’t have it.  It wasn’t until the Braylon Edwards touchdown that the stadium ignited.  Once that happened, the Patriots couldn’t do anything right.  The 12th man had hit the “blinding noise”.

You could see that we had gotten into his head.

Great job fellow 12’s, we got into a Super Bowl MVP’s head and rendered him useless.

Don’t believe that the 12th man did that?  Brady went 3/9 for 36 yards after that touchdown, which is an average of 4 yards per play.  Prior to that, Tom was 33/49 for 359 yards, and average of 7.3 yards per play.

That is the power of 12 that I was referring to in my last piece.

What a great day to be a lifelong Seahawks fan

First, #71, Big Walter Jones raised the 12th man flag to start the game off right.  Then, a moment we had all been waiting for, for far too long, Cortez “Tez” Kennedy finally had his number, #96, retired.

He wore his Hall of Fame Jacket, and his bronze bust was on the portable stage.  Also during the celebration, the Hall of Fame presented him with his Hall of Fame Ring.  Tez’s speech was short, but emotional.

Tears ran down his face, he wasn’t the only one.

Still a long way to go

It was far from a clean victory.  I’m still annoyed with lining up on 3rd down and short with no running backs.  Or running a shotgun draw for that matter.  Darrell Bevell, you have a physical team, line up with big personal in the I-formation.

If you want to pass, that is fine, but at-least threaten to run.

Enough rambling, what a great win for Seattle.   I hope Tom Brady had a great flight home.

In the wise words of Richard Sherman, “You mad Bro?”


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